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Armoracia rusticana 'Variegata'

19th June 2015

Horseradish almost manages to be a beautiful herbaceous plant. It is tough and reliable with dark shiny vertical leaves held in ranks. Unfortunately it is much loved by snails, who do the same sort of damage you might expect to see on Hostas.
The variegated form is even more striking. The green leaves in spring are speckled with white, but in summer the new leaves are almost white with just occasional green marks. Sadly, it is also loved by snails and it always looks a bit ragged. I planted it with a blue Nemesia in the hope that the slugs would find them more delicious, but it didn't work.